Authentic and largely unrestored 'two-valve' racebike,1912 Indian Twin Boardtrack Racer Engine no. 70D899

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Lot 36
Authentic and largely unrestored 'two-valve' racebike
1912 Indian Twin Boardtrack Racer

Engine no. 70D899

US$ 80,000 - 90,000
£ 64,000 - 72,000
Authentic and largely unrestored 'two-valve' racebike
1912 Indian Twin Boardtrack Racer
Engine no. 70D899
In the Teens and Twenties, motorcycle racing on huge pine-planked speed bowls was a big enterprise. Fast, exhilarating and deadly dangerous, the short-lived sport of board-track racing captivated the country. Crowds were immense. Factories used victories to sell the public on the speed and reliability of their road machines. Winning racers became superstars.

This racer, with two-valve heads, represents what a well-connected privateer, say a large dealership's best hired gun, would have been provided to do battle with the factory stars. The 1000cc V twin would have been down on power to the factory 8-valves but was still a formidable piece, and more reliable to boot. In fact, it was a two-valve Indian ridden by Albert Burns that was the first motorcycle to average 100 mph during a national championship race win.

While this bike's racing history has been lost to the swirling mists of time, we do know that it ended up in Oregon in the 1970s, disassembled to its component pieces in preparation for a restoration that never happened. The current owner acquired the machine in parts, eschewed a full restoration in favor of reassembling the Indian, bringing it back to its as-raced condition. Amazingly, about 85% of the original parts remained. After cleaning and inspection, the engine was rebuilt to running condition, needing only a new set of pistons. A reproduction fuel tank was fashioned, carefully patina'd to match the frame's original faded red paint. Likewise the fork tubes, handlebars and rear stand were authentically replicated.

In 2014 the reassembled Indian board-tracker was named winner of the Best Unrestored class at the LeMay Museum's annual vintage motorcycle concours in Tacoma, Washington.

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Authentic and largely unrestored 'two-valve' racebike,1912 Indian Twin Boardtrack Racer Engine no. 70D899
Authentic and largely unrestored 'two-valve' racebike,1912 Indian Twin Boardtrack Racer Engine no. 70D899
Authentic and largely unrestored 'two-valve' racebike,1912 Indian Twin Boardtrack Racer Engine no. 70D899
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